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Famous Birthdays on October 23

Person of interestMarcus Agrippa

63 BC Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Roman general (Battle of Actium) (or 64 BC), born in an uncertain location but possibly in Arpino, Istria or Asisium (d. 12 BC)

Roman General Marcus Agrippa
Roman General
Marcus Agrippa
  • 1503 Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Spain and empress of Germany, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1539)
  • 1516 Charlotte de Valois, Princess of France as second daughter of King Francis I and his wife Claude, born in Château d'Amboise, France (d. 1524)
  • 1543 Juan de la Cueva, Spanish dramatist, born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1612)
  • 1634 Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden by marriage to Charles X Gustav of Sweden (1654-60) (d. 1715)
  • 1654 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)
  • 1698 Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French court architect (Palace de la Concorde), born in Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1705 Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1757)
  • 1713 Pieter Burman the Younger, Dutch philologist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1778)
  • 1715 Peter II Alexeyevich, Tsar of Russia (1727-30), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1730)
  • 1762 Samuel Morey, American inventor (early internal combustion engines and was a pioneer in steamships), born in Hebron, Connecticut (d. 1843)
  • 1766 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French general and marshal, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1767 H Benjamin Constant [de Rebeque], French politician/writer
  • 1771 Jean-Andoche Junot, French general (d. 1813)
  • 1773 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, born in Masserano, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1832)
  • 1788 Sarah Hale, founder (Seaman's Aid Society of Boston)

  • 1790 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman (d. 1860)
  • 1794 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Kollmitzberg, Austria (d. 1838)
  • 1796 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • 1797 John J Rochussen, governor-general of Dutch-Indies (1845-51)
  • 1801 Gustav Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1805 Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Nachsommer)
  • 1805 John Russell Bartlett, American linguist (d. 1886)
  • 1810 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, born in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies (d. 1848)
Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1815 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (d. 1889)
  • 1817 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • 1819 Isac Baker Woodbury, American composer, and musicologist (The Dulcimer: Or the New York Collection of Sacred Music), born in Beverly, Massachusetts, (d. 1858)
  • 1820 James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Thomas Gamble Pitcher, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Rockport, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • 1828 Turner Ashby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1835 Adlai Stevenson, (D) 23rd VP (1893-97)
  • 1844 Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), born in Walmer, Kent (d. 1930)
  • 1846 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1851 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, born In Montreal, Quebec (d. 1915)
  • 1852 Jean-Louis Forain, French etcher/lithographer

  • 1865 Neltje Blanchan, American writer (d. 1918)
  • 1868 Frederick Lanchester,, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London, England
  • 1869 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)

Person of interestJohn Heisman

1869 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1870 Francis Kelley, Catholic Bishop of Oklahoma (d. 1948)
  • 1873 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (d. 1975)
  • 1875 Gilbert N. Lewis, American chemist (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Franz Schlegelberger, German judge and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Lawren Harris, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American actor and comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1893 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Ernest Julius Öpik, Kunda, Estonian Astronomer and Astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos
  • 1894 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • 1896 André Lévêque, French engineer (d. 1930)
  • 1899 Lilyan Tashman, American actress (Millie, Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1900 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (England's Bodyline captain)
  • 1902 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), born in Grossetto, Italy; (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1955)
  • 1903 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), born in Tblisi (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Felix Bloch, Swiss/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1952)
  • 1905 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1906 Miriam Gideon, American composer, born in Greeley, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Sally O'Neil, American actress (Beggar's Holiday, Moth), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990
  • 1909 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, born in Balta, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1914 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American football tackle and coach (Brooklyn (NFL), 1938-44; Navy (AAFC), 1945; NY Yankees (NFL), 1946-7), born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Dick Durrance, American skier, born in Tarpon Springs, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Robert Bray, American actor (Corey-Lassie, Stagecoach West), born in Kalispell, Montana (d. 1983)
  • 1918 James Daly, American actor (Medical Center, Planet of the Apes), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, born in Bursa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), born in Aledo, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), born in McAlister, New Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1921 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus)
  • 1921 Denise Duval, French soprano, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), born in Staplehurst, Nebraska (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot
  • 1923 Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1923 Ned Rorem, composer and author (Sky Music), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1923 Harold P. Warren, American film director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1985)

Person of interestJohnny Carson

1925 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), born in Corning, Iowa (d. 2005)

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • 1925 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer and conductor (Never on Sunday), born in Xanthi, Greece (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Nanni Loy, film director
  • 1927 Edward Kienholz, US sculptor (Roxy)
  • 1927 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil)
  • 1927 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1928 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1971)

  • 1928 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, born in Albion, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
  • 1931 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Dimitra Arliss [Arlys], American actress (Rich Man Poor Man II, The Sting), born in Lorain, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Vasily Belov, Northern Krai, USSR, author (Business as Usual, Everything's Ahead), (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Tom Dewdney, cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's)
  • 1935 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1935 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • 1936 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)
  • 1936 Philip Kaufman, director (Right Stuff, Henry & June)
  • 1937 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Singers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1938 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1938 Jordan Christopher, actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1939 Charlie Foxx, American soul songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Mockingbird), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)

Person of interestPele

1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
  • 1941 Colin Milburn, cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short)
  • 1941 Igor Smirnov, Moldovan politician
  • 1941 Mel Winkler, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), born in Littlehampton, West Sussex (d. 2007) [1]

Person of interestMichael Crichton

1942 Michael Crichton, novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1944 Warren Burton, actor (Jason Dunlap-Another World, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Kim Larsen, Danish rock singer (In the Middle of the Night), born in Copenhagen (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
  • 1946 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1946 Mel Martinez, American politician
  • 1947 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 2003)

  • 1948 Hermann Hauser, Austrian-born entrepreneur
  • 1948 Brian Ross, American journalist
  • 1949 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1949 Nick Tosches, American writer
  • 1950 Harry Sacksioni, Dutch guitarist (Around the Corner)
  • 1951 Michael Rupert, actor (Pasadena Playhouse), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1951 Charly García, Argentine singer
  • 1951 Fatmir Sejdiu, President of Kosovo
  • 1952 Pierre Moerlen, French drummer and percussionist (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, East London

Person of interestAng Lee

1954 Ang Lee, Taiwanese-born American filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), born in Chaochou, Pingtung, Republic of China

Filmmaker Ang Lee
Ang Lee
  • 1955 Toshio Hosokawa, Japanese composer (Circulating Ocean), born in Hiroshima
  • 1956 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1956 Darrell Pace, archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1956 Dwight Yoakam, American country singer (Honky Tonk Man), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
  • 1957 Paul Kagame, Rwandan leader, head of Rwandan Patriotic Front, President of Rwanda (2000-), born in Tambwe, Ruanda-Urundi
  • 1958 Michael Eric Dyson, American activist, professor, author
  • 1958 Jonathan Wolff, American musician and TV theme composer (Seinfeld, Will & Grace), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestWeird Al Yankovic

1959 Weird Al Yankovic [Alfred Matthew], American parody singer (Eat It, UHF, Naked Gun), born in Downey, California

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • 1959 Sam Raimi, actor (Indian Summer, Thou Shalt Not Kill Except)
  • 1960 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist
  • 1960 Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
  • 1961 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer
  • 1961 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • 1961 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • 1962 Beatie Edney, actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London, England
  • 1962 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • 1962 Daria Scagliola, Italian/Dutch photographer (vuurtorenpostzegels)
  • 1962 Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1963 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1965 Al Leiter, Toms River NJ, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets)
  • 1965 Augusten Burroughs [Christopher Richter Robison], American writer (Running with Scissors), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver
  • 1967 Jaime Yzaga, Peruvian tennis star, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1967 Dale Crover, American musician (Melvins, The Men of Porn, Altamont)
  • 1968 Bettina Fulco Villella, Mar Del Plata Arg, tennis star (1993 Futures)
  • 1968 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Maggie Philgence, St Lucia Castries VI, WPVA (Oly Fest-gold-91)
  • 1969 Brooke Theiss, American actress (Wendy-Just the 10 of Us, Good & Evil), born in California
  • 1969 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • 1970 Grant Imahara, American TV Mythbuster
  • 1971 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1973 Blaine McElmurry, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Mac Cozier, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Sjoerd Sanders, soccer player (PSV/MVV)
  • 1974 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • 1974 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Kaleena Kiff, actress (Patti-Love Sidney), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1974 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1974 Derek Landy, Lusk, Irish author (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
  • 1975 Keith Van Horn, NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1975 Odalys García, Cuban actress (Lente Loco), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1975 Jessicka [Jessica Fodera], American goth-rock, alt-pop singer-songwriter and artist, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1976 Cat Deeley, English model and television personality

  • 1976 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • 1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • 1978 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • 1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
  • 1979 Jorge Solís, Mexican boxer (WBA Super Featherweight title 2010), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1980 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver
  • 1981 Ben Francisco, American baseball player
  • 1982 Valentin Badea, Romanian footballer
  • 1983 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Josh Strickland, American entertainer
  • 1984 Izabel Goulart, Brazilian model
  • 1984 Meghan McCain, American columnist, author, and TV host, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1985 James Kotecki, American political blogger
  • 1985 Miguel [Pimentel], American R&B singer (Kaleidoscope Dream), born in San Pedro, California
  • 1986 Briana Evigan, American actress
  • 1986 Jake Robinson, English footballer
  • 1986 Jessica Stroup, American Actress